Erin strives to make each project precious, nostalgic, and captivating; drawing inspiration from nature, typography, ephemera, pattern, texture, music and culture.
1. What’s one of the most surprising places from which you derive inspiration? I don’t know if anything’s off limits or surprising anymore, inspiration wise. Once you’ve been doing this for a while it seeps into every part of your life; and one just absorbs bits and pieces of inspiration everywhere. It can be the contrast of blue construction paint against the texture of cracked asphalt, that ever-so-slight gradation on a truck stop coffee mug, or that fading hand-painted sign on the laundromat down the street. Its everywhere, its constant.
2. Over the past few years, what’s one thing that has really challenged you creatively? A few years back I enrolled in a screen printing class because its something I’d always wanted to learn. I had been doing client work for so long I totally forgot what it was like to design for myself – just for fun. The prints for my class we not brochures or logos or packaging and they weren’t for any one client so there were no implied “rules”, design-wise (well, besides designing around my limited abilities as a rookie screen printer). I didn’t know where to start or what I wanted to say. Somewhere along the way, I’d lost my voice as an artist. It was a challenge to get it back and it took 10x as long to design my first project than it did to produce it. Since then, I’ve got an ongoing personal series I revisit every now and again to keep up that voice familiar. Its a fun free-time project or when I need a break from client work.
3. Who are you most looking forward to hearing/seeing at WMC Fest? Unfair question. All. Of. It.
I’m a self-proclaimed designerd and TOTAL music junkie, so this fest is like is like some form of heaven on earth, right?!
4. How does music play a role in your life? What bands/albums are on heavy rotation? Music is the reason I AM a designer. Its played a larger roll in my life than just about anything. It is and always will be my first love and lifelong companion. I started out as a music major but once I realized i didn’t want to spend 80% of my waking hours in a practice room learning every flute concerto ever written, so I switched out of the music program. I had a healthy collection of gig posters adorning my walls and a giant cd collection so when it came time to pick a new major, design had already seemed pretty near and dear to my heart.
Bands/albums in current heavy rotation: Amateur Love, Cotton Jones, American Analog Set, Luna, David Bazan, The National….or, check my last.fm.